Latest posts by BobTheGardener

A Fountain question!

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 22:36

Does the sphere have just a hole bored in it or is there some sort of connection at the bottom?  If the former, you need to seal the end of the hose from the pump into the hole at the bottom so water can only come out of the top.  I would have thought it would have a kind of bung for that.  If the latter, can you take a photo of the connection?

I'm assuming it is a low-power pump which is submerged in a sump below the ball and only has enough power so that water runs gently out of the hole at the top and down the outside of the sphere.  If it is meant to shoot water up to some height out of the top of the sphere, it won't need to be sealed at the bottom and you can just shove the hose up the hole so it is a few inches below the hole at the top.

A Fountain question!

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 22:12

They should come with all the parts you need and assembly instructions Steve, or did this one have a previous owner?

Plant (weed) identification 2

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 19:52

There are rather a lot in the carrot family (Apiaceae) which is what I think the 1st pic is but can't ID it exactly.  I think it's quite pretty so would keep it.

Unusual Plant

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 19:34

Yep, if from birdseed it's probably a seed from a sunflower which was grown in a much hotter country and so may not flower when grown in the UK.

Pear Tree Problem?

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 13:25

My pears get Pear Rust most years and agree that it's important to remove affected leaves asap.  I missed a few this year so took photos of what the spots develop into: rather big spore-producing fruiting bodies below each spot - don't let them get to this stage!:

Plant ID quizzes

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 13:07

Glad everyone is enjoying it!  

I like the extra information below each question and have learnt a bit, especially in areas I don't know a lot about such as alpines and houseplants.

Plant ID quizzes

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 19:14

Hi all,  I just came across this 'educational revision' site and thought some folk here would enjoy the plant identification quizzes.  Everything from alpines to weeds!  This is a direct link to the gardening quizzes - there are many more covering other subjects on the menu at the left:

Weed or pepper

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 19:01

Pretty sure it's a weed and likely one of the chenopodiums. 

Tree I.D

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 18:40

Agree, looks like a crabapple.   Those are often grown for the blossom and decorative fruit.  They are wonderful for wildlife as the fruit can stay on the tree for months and helps feed birds and little furries over the winter.

Tree I.D

Posted: 13/09/2014 at 17:05

Sounds like a Lime - did the fruits look like those on this page?:


Discussions started by BobTheGardener

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Thought I'd start a thread just for our photos 
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Gardener's World about to start now!

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Cutting ID

I thought these were philadelphus 
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Hope it finds it's way home 
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Vine weevils

..ate all of my winter carrots! 
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Huge pest problem

Don't think netting will work 
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Renovate or remove privet hedge?

Replace or cut back hard? 
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No real rain here for weeks 
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Little Red Devils (Lily beetles)

They're about now! 
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Christmas has come early

New trees 
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Anyone for squirrel crumble?

Thieving rodents 
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Plant ID quizzes

Have fun identifying plants! 
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Watering dried-out pots

Tip to help to stop water running straight through 
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Blackfly - ladybirds to the rescue!

Broad bean tip blackfly infestation 
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Bob's guide to picking soft fruit

Only fto be read by your household's main gardener! 
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